WASHINGTON (BP) -- Congress has given overwhelming approval to legislation designed to thwart sex trafficking by holding accountable online sites that facilitate the crime.
The Senate adopted the bill in a 97-2 vote March 21, barely three weeks after the House of Representatives had passed it Feb. 27 in a 388-25 roll call. The bill will go to President Trump, who is expected to sign it.
The Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (FOSTA) would amend a 1996 anti-obscenity federal law to authorize the prosecution of websites that support the sale of people in the sex trade. The proposal -- which includes provisions from the Senate's Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act (SESTA) -- also would clarify trafficking victims have the right to bring civil action against such online sites as the classified advertising company Backpage.com. Read More